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Published 13th Sep 2011

Photo of Northern Sinfonia by Mark Savage

Join us for the launch of Middlesbrough Town Hall's brand new classical season as an extended Northern Sinfonia exclusively perform the world premiere of a symphony dedicated to Middlesbrough and it's Football Club.

The Middlesbrough Symphony was written by local composer David F Golightly, who has the reputation of an 'Englishman with a Russian Soul'.

It will be performed live for the first time to mark the 100th birthday of Middlesbrough's iconic landmark The Transporter Bridge.

As an ardent supporter of Middlesbrough FC Golightly's colourful symphony purposefully depicts an optimistic learning journey through life as well as the highs and lows of the beautiful game.

The Symphony captures perfectly the atmosphere of a typical match day - with all the pre-match excitement and the two halves of the game built into the structure of the music.

David said of his work "I see this symphony as my own gift of friendship to Middlesbrough and the people of Teesside, and I'm proud to see the town standing alongside major cities like London and St Petersburg as one of only three in the world to have classical symphonies like this dedicated to them."

The second half of the concert features popular works by Stravinsky and Elgar - and it's not too big a compliment to say that David F Golightly's symphony sits very happily alongside these great works. Stravinsky's Firebird Suite fits with the Russian theme that is visible in the Middlesbrough Symphony and the concert comes to brilliant close with one of Elgar's most important works the elegiac Cello Concerto.

Special offer

Mention Love Middlesbrough at the Box Office and receive 2 for 1 tickets.

Call the Box office on (01642) 729 729 or visit them on Albert Road to take advantage of this offer. Regular ticket price: £25; Concessions £22.50.

Programme information

Transporter Bridge Centenary Concert and World Premiere takes place on Thursday 15 September, 7.45pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Conductor: Tim Redmond.

Programme: David F Golightly: Symphony No.1 'Middlesbrough Symphony', Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite, Three movements only: 9. Infernal Dance, 10 Lullaby (Berceuse), 11. Final, Hymn, Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Listen to a selection of the Middlesbrough Symphony

Listen to an excerpt of the Middlesbrough Symphony performed by the City of Prague Orchestra

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Photo credit: Northern Sinfonia by Mark Savage


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